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Raymond Estrella (rayestrella) - BPL Professional Member

My Locale Northern Minnesota
About Me I have been backpacking for over 30 years, all over California, plus many western states and Minnesota. I hike year-round in all weather, and average 500+ miles (800+ km) per year. I make a point of using lightweight gear, and smaller volume packs. Doubting I can ever be truly UL, I try to be as near to it as I can yet still be comfortable. I start early and hike hard so as to enjoy the afternoons exploring/chilling. I usually take a freestanding tent and enjoy hot meals at night. If not hiking solo I am usually with brother-in-law Dave.

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All Forum Posts by Raymond Estrella

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Personally, now that I have used the XTherm I may never take the All Season out again. The reason I gave my son the regular size instead of selling it was because he likes snow camping and the X...

In GEAR » NeoAir Xtherm vs. BA IAC...
December 09, 8:39am

re: Help me choose
As a side sleeper too I only use pads that are thick now. I only own one that is less than 2-1/2" now and it is just a loaner. For a single pad that will take you from early spring to late ...

In GEAR » Help me choose an sleeping pad
December 09, 8:24am

Hey Travis, Yes it has been very warm. In fact this morning when I opened the valve to let the air out with my body weight helping I was surprised at how fast I was getting cold once I touched t...

In GEAR » NeoAir Xtherm vs. BA IAC...
December 08, 9:07pm

NeoAir Xtherm vs. BA IAC
NeoAir Xtherm I have had three of the BA IAC pads over the years, and took one down to 17 F for two nights in the Sierra. I felt the cold through it. I have the Xtherm (as does my son) and ha...

In GEAR » NeoAir Xtherm vs. BA IAC...
December 08, 2:09pm

which is better?
Well really YOU spooning with the victim, wrapped in the E-blanket, with the insulation over you both. But take yourself out of the equation if it is another big ugly dude I suppose... ;-) Th...

In GEAR » Question of the Day- which is better?
December 03, 3:47pm

"the "best" gear is what allows you to do the most ... that could be a 20$ wallymart bag or a 1000$ fancy uber mutant goose one" Dang it Eric. Now I have to find the Über Mu...

In GEAR » "likely, the best backpacking sleeping bag in the world."
November 30, 3:55pm

Like Greg said you just need to zoom in on the area you want to "explore". The right click method is quickest once you are used to the program but the magnifying glass icon will do it too...

In GEAR » any tips for TOPO?
November 30, 12:10pm

more discussion
“A bag and an overbag weigh more than a quality expedition bag.” This is absolutely true. And if you plan to spend much time at extreme low temps I highly recommend a very good sleeping bag....

In GEAR » Combining two down bags for warmth
November 28, 7:30pm

Hola, Ricardo, mi amigo. ;-) I learned that I need to use tinyURL for the links here as it blows the page up. Some day I need to learn how some of us embed the link. I can't see a way, but I...

In GEAR » Combining two down bags for warmth
November 28, 6:58pm

There is a footbox, it is just flat, instead of anatomical. Don't want to mislead anyone.

In GEAR » Flat foot box on Zpacks bags compared to other types. Thoughts?
November 28, 6:55pm

All Reader Reviews by Raymond Estrella

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Osprey Exos 58
Osprey Exos 58 Backpack Size: Large Year manufactured: 2009 Weight listed: 2 lb 10 oz (1185 g) Actual weight 2 lb 9.8 oz (1180 g) Volume listed: 3700 cu in (61 L) Load weight capacity sugg...

In Backpacks - External Frame
June 15, 7:47pm

Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2
I bought one of the first Seedhouse SL2s in 2004. Last year I bought the new, lighter version pairing it with carbon fiber poles and Ti stakes to make a total weight package of 2 lb 15 oz (1.33 kg). I...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
February 16, 3:37pm